STD RATES ON THE RISE
According to a recent article in The Washington Post, infections for three prominent sexually transmitted diseases have hit a record high. This information is according to a report by federal health officials.
According to the report, it is said that more than 1.5 million cases of chlamydia were reported in 2015, which is up six percent from 2014.
About 400,000 cases of gonorrhea were reported, which marks a nearly 13 percent increase from 2014. And the biggest increase, 19 percent, occurred in syphilis cases, with nearly 24,000 cases reported, according to the annual report on STDs released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although all three diseases are curable with antibiotics, it is still a troubling trend. Also, it is being reported that gonorrhea is becoming increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotics.
According to CDC officials, the rise in STD rates coincides with the erosion of the country’s systems for preventing diseases.
In support of that claim, the CDC points to more than half of state and local STD programs having their budgets cut in recent years. This has resulted in more than 20 health department STD clinics closing in one year alone.
“We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” said Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.
The 2015 CDC Data:
• Americans age 15 to 24 accounted for nearly two-thirds of chlamydia diagnoses and half of gonorrhea diagnoses.
• Men who have sex with men accounted for the majority of new gonorrhea cases and the most contagious forms of syphilis.
• Women’s rate of syphilis diagnosis increased by more than 27 percent from 2014 to 2015.
• Congenital syphilis, which occurs when the infection is transmitted from a pregnant woman to her baby, increased by 6 percent.
CDC officials continue to urge health-care providers to make STD screenings a standard part of medical care, especially in pregnant women.
It is important that individuals get tested regularly and reduce risk of STD’s by using condoms.